Allegations of favoritism have surfaced as legal practitioner Martin Kpebu criticizes the Electoral Commissioner (EC) of Ghana, Jean Mensa.
He condemned her purported failure to extend the voter registration exercise and questions what he perceives as dubious decisions made by the Electoral Commission.
Kpebu minced no words when he harshly rebuked Mensa, asserting that her appointment seemed to be based not on her competence but on her association with the First Lady.
“What the EC is saying is totally wrong. What they are doing defies logic. If the EC eats humble pie and decides to extend registration to all the areas, it will be perfect for our democracy. It has always been clear that the EC is engaged in voter suppression. We cannot countenance this because this country does not belong to the EC. So Ghanaians have to get up.”
Furthermore, Mr Kpebu raised concerns about whether the Electoral Commission was treating the institution as if it were a private enterprise or their personal property.
“Is the EC your personal property? Is the EC a private company that you are running?” he asked.
Kpebu continued to express doubt about Jean Mensa’s qualifications for the role of Electoral Commissioner, alleging that her appointment was influenced by her close relationship with the First Lady.
“I’m not surprised because when Madam Mensa was being appointed, I said that she was not competent. I said it because I asked around everywhere and I never heard anything positive anywhere. I raised it those days she’s not competent. It’s just the cronyism. She’s related a bit to the First Lady, so that’s the connection.”
The legal expert concluded his critique by urging the Electoral Commission to reevaluate its decisions and extend the voter registration exercise to ensure broader citizen participation.
He also hinted at potential advocacy for changing Ghana’s name, underscoring the importance of understanding the nation’s history and identity.